Were I gay and a few decades older, I would consider Camille Paglia my soulmate for this quote alone:
“[Western society's current elite class doesn't] think in military ways, so there’s this illusion out there that people are basically nice, people are basically kind, if we’re just nice and benevolent to everyone they’ll be nice too. They literally don’t have any sense of evil or criminality.”
What I have been muttering in my cave for YEARS, heretic weirdo liberal Paglia says in the WSJ, and thank goodness – I was about to have a fucking conniption. I have never suffered fools well, and the naive outlook adopted not only by squirrel-feeding hippies but also by “worldly” assholes is so moronic I have begun wondering if there might be something in the water. How else can we explain the apparent lack of survival instincts among so many in our enlightened progressive society?
Yes, convenience, comfort and complacency. But even so, we have true crime crap on TV 24/7. Mass-murderers’ identities are household names. What the hell is wrong with everyone? Am I a nut to be so concerned?
Paglia wouldn’t think so:
“The results, she says, can be seen in everything from the dysfunction in Washington (where politicians ‘lack practical skills of analysis and construction’) to what women wear. ‘So many women don’t realize how vulnerable they are by what they’re doing on the street,’ she says, referring to women who wear sexy clothes.”
Oooooh, she went there, didn’t she? Let’s all get offended!
Or, we could acknowledge that if you can’t hide a decent weapon under your clothes, you’re not wearing enough. And if your baton is in the thigh-high boots you’re wearing with hot pants, you might as well paint a target on your ass. Just sayin’.
“When she has made this point in the past, Ms. Paglia—who dresses in androgynous jackets and slacks—has been told that she believes ‘women are at fault for their own victimization.’ Nonsense, she says. ‘I believe that every person, male and female, needs to be in a protective mode at all times of alertness to potential danger. The world is full of potential attacks, potential disasters.’ She calls it “street-smart feminism.”
OMG, a liberal who makes sense! What is this world coming to???
Everyone needs to go read this article now, especially this part:
“By her lights, things only get worse in higher education. ‘This PC gender politics thing—the way gender is being taught in the universities—in a very anti-male way, it’s all about neutralization of maleness.’ The result: Upper-middle-class men who are ‘intimidated’ and ‘can’t say anything. . . . They understand the agenda.’”
It’s like she knows my life! I am so f’ing tired of having bigger balls than most men. I don’t even understand how feminists can engage in male-bashing these days – it’s not very sensitive to put the poor little things down like that.
I can’t even. It just keeps getting better, even though the topic is the decline of western civilization, which everyone seems to sense, and speak of as if it’s inevitable. Not everyone, however, seems to understand why it’s happening, which of course is the key to stopping and reversing it. Paglia gets it. No wonder she gets so much hate from self-satisfied liberals who have “it all” (nothing at all) figured out.